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Gulf Today Report
Holi is around the corner and is the festival of fun and frolic with friends and family. So, don't let the fear of hair damage keep you away from the festive revelry. Just follow these little tips and enjoy the festival full of colours.
"The enjoyment and celebration is amazing but can turn out to be a bad dream for the skin and hair. Leaving its impact as breakouts for skin inflammation, rashes, dryness and it leads to hair fall, frizziness and other side effects," says Agnes Chen, National Technical Head at Streax Professional.
Before you jump into the pond of colours, here are Chen's pre-Holi hair care tips everyone should follow to avoid the after-effects of the harmful colours.
Pre-Holi hair care regime
There are several ways to protect your hair from the onslaught of harsh Holi colours. Shampoo your hair with nourishing shampoo to hydrate and moisturise the hair, apply a nourishing and hydrating conditioner and leave the conditioner in the hair. Now, tie it up to your hair in a bun and go out to enjoy Holi. The conditioner acts as a barrier and protects the hair.
Removing Holi colours
It is strongly recommended to thoroughly rinse your hair with plain water to get rid of dirt, dry colours and chemicals in the colours, but it is essential to remove Holi colours without going harsh with your scalp and hair. Apply a mild shampoo, gently massage your hair and scalp, and leave it for about 10 minutes and then rinse out the shampoo completely. Now, apply a rich conditioner that will help replenish the oil and moisture that are taken away by the chemicals. For further effect, you can oil your hair and leave it overnight.
You can also opt for hair mask for next 2-3 days to get rid of the damage done by the chemicals.
"Celebrating the festival with dry and organic colours is always advisable as dry colour can be easily dusted off. If the Holi colour is not organic or chemical-free, then it can make the hair more delicate and cause the texture of the hair to go dry and rough. This is because when the original hair is being chemically treated, they are sensitive and when the cuticles are damaged due to chemicals, the hair bonds are broken," Chen said.
The annual Hindu festival of colours has more to it than merely throwing paint and powder, and involves food, drinks and religious ceremonies.
Holi, a festival of colour celebrated by the Hindu’s of the country, has brought people of all races and ethnicities together, to celebrate.
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